Shooting, felon charged with attempted murder, information wanted


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Ocala, Florida — A convicted felon remained behind bars Tuesday after he was arrested and charged with Attempted Second-Degree murder and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

Ocala Police Department detectives said that on June 18, 2017, at approximately 4:42 a.m., OPD responded to 1223 S.W. Ft. King Street, in response to a shooting.

Upon arrival, police found a 27-year-old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and leg.


According to detectives, Lester Ray Smith, 31, was quickly named as a person of interest.

He was arrested a short time later.

The victim remains in critical but stable condition.

Smith has a lengthy, violent criminal record.

The investigation is still active and detectives are searching for more information on this case.

Anyone with information can call Sergeant Jamie Buchbinder at 352-369-7084 the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP,  or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP.  Tipsters can also visit Anonymity is guaranteed.